Cultural Revolutions

Electoral Map Chaos

As of this writing, Texas is the only state in the union whose citizens have no earthly idea when, or if, they will hold a primary election for the two major parties this year.  The primaries depend on a reapportionment map of the state, which doesn’t exist.

The U.S. Constitution clearly states that “Representatives . . . shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this union, according to their respective numbers” and reapportioned every ten years.  The ten-year reapportionment is for adjustments caused by a decade’s national census.  Under the last census, Texas gained four representatives because of a growth in her population.  The state legislature has the right and obligation to reapportion the districts to reflect the change in Texas, with a map outlining the districts.  Nowhere in the Constitution, or the amendments thereto, is there a mention of a federal court having to approve such a legislative map before it goes into effect.  In fact, the Tenth Amendment makes it clear that the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution are reserved to the states.  So what’s the problem?

The legislature of Texas has made its reapportionment map.  Indeed, it has made several, in succession.  Unfortunately, none can take effect because of the (unconstitutional) Voting Rights...

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